MARCH 17, 2008 -- ZTE Corp. (search for ZTE) says it has won a tender from Pakistan Telecommunication Co. Ltd. (PTCL), the biggest state-owned operator in Pakistan and an affiliate company of multinational carrier Etislat, to build part of the country's largest WDM backbone transmission network. The project, an expansion of the PTCL 400G WDM backbone network also exclusively won by ZTE last year, will involve the deployment of a WDM ring in Quetta and a WDM chain from Rawalpindi to Mensehra.
Upon completion of the two new projects, ZTE asserts that PTCL will have the most comprehensive WDM backbone network capable of providing the widest range of telecom services in the country. The network coverage will span up to 6,000 km running through most of the major cities and regions, carrying more than 60 percent of long-haul data, voice, Internet, and other services in Pakistan.
PTCL is Pakistan's largest fixed-line carrier with the biggest all-optical network in the country. To address increasing market demand for transmission bandwidth, PTCL commissioned ZTE last year to build a 400G WDM backbone network comprising ultra long-haul (ULH), large-capacity DWDM as well as new-generation Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP) telecom platforms.
The entire network is based on IP over DWDM to run PTCL's core IP backbone network using DWDM equipment.
"It is a great opportunity to again partner with PTCL in developing their two new WDM backbone network projects," says Yang Jun, general manager of global marketing, ZTE Transmission and Power Supply Products. "In a very competitive telecom market like Pakistan, we manage to provide customized services as well as our professional technical support to PTCL, based on PTLC's business requirements and future growth over the next couple of years."